Terracotta Events coming up…

We have some talks and courses coming up about the history and practical conservation of architectural terracotta: THIS SATURDAY 7th June 4pm   West Street Loft, West Street, Shoreham by Sea, BN43 5WG Adur Art Festival A visually inspiring presentation about architectural terracotta and the reasons for growth of the material across America (New York, Chicago … Continue reading

Terracotta Foundation

. Terracotta Foundation _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Terracotta Foundation will support and stimulate the use of terracotta in architecture internationally, in collaboration with architects and industry. . Currently being pressed ready to be fired!….. . Join the discussion on Twitter @missterracotta or contact terracottafoundation@gmail.com

New terracotta for Bath’s Holburne Museum

I had assumed the Holburne Museum was well outside of the city from what I had seen pictured in green surroundings. In fact I found it on a surprisingly short walk along Great Pultney Street with the elegant neoclassical Museum facing the city and reflecting its Bath stone grandeur. Reopened in May 2011 the museum … Continue reading

Shaws of Darwen

The last visit I made as part of my research for my Winston Churchill Fellowship was one of the first I planned and one of the most exciting and informative; to Shaws of Darwen in Lancashire. Jon Wilson and I had talked on the phone since I first applied for the opportunity and I expressed … Continue reading

The Great British Seaside

  Keen to explore and to glimpse the difficulties of a town built on pleasure during the ‘off season’, off I ventured with my terracotta hitlist. I found perhaps one of the most uplifting experiences I have had: and perhaps one of the most depressing too: This dichotomy will perhaps be my lasting memory of … Continue reading

Beautiful Brutalism in Sacramento

My creative self has been tapped into this month as I moved, finally, into a newly evolving workshop space. I’ve been ‘in storage’ for several months while travelling and working on academic projects. It is interesting how the realisation of this space and access to my workshop, tools and clay once again has gradually unleashed … Continue reading

Weekend of terracotta wonder

Having set the scene for the findings of my Winston Churchill Fellowship in my presentation to Exporting Stoke Conference on Saturday, my mind is abuzz with plans for collaboration, industry meets arts and the possibilities for the future of terracotta in contemporary architecture. The Conference was absorbing and thought provoking; exploring cultural shifts in export, tiles … Continue reading

Exporting Stoke and beyond

Britain was not only the world’s leading imperial power, during the mid 19th century, but was also its foremost exporter of architectural ceramics. The expansion of British territories led to the construction of many public and ecclesiastical buildings displaying the best of British design in ceramic terms. Exporting Stoke conference draws its inspiration from this export … Continue reading

Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Boston Valley Terra Cotta is one of only 2 major manufacturers of architectural terra cotta remaining in the USA. Despite its more recent entry into the market, Boston Valley has proven it is a company not to be underestimated. Boston Valley Terra Cotta was established by the Krouse family in 1981 following the purchase of … Continue reading

The Giant Animals and creatures of the Natural History Museum

Alfred Waterhouse’s magnificent Natural History Museum Lambs Terracotta acquired the molds for a couple of these grand animals fromHathernware in around 2006. These giant animals are made using even more massive molds, one animal body took several days to press. The mold for the head of the animals is almost the same height as the body mold. It’s interesting to see on the … Continue reading